Testing of human rights court hears capital case

Taiupei Times
Date: Jul 31, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

The Taipei meeting of the Asian Human Rights Court Simulation (AHRCS) wrapped up over the

Jurists from Taiwan and abroad joined with organizers in the courtyard of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy at the start of the Taipei meeting of the Asian Human Rights Court Simulation on Thursday last week.
Photo: Jason Pan, Taipei Times

weekend, with legal experts from Taiwan and abroad presenting workshops and discussions on civil liberties, and holding a trial hearing on the case of Taiwanese death row inmate Chiou Ho-shun (邱和順).

“The convening of the AHRCS served the purpose of acting as a real court, to examine cases in Asia and make decisions based on the precedent of international decisions and treaties pertaining to the protection of human rights,” AHRCS deputy secretary-general Karen Cheng (鄭凱榕) said.

“Details from cases involving the death penalty, torture or corruption were discussed at workshops and presentations given by experts,” Cheng said. “The trial hearing on Chiou’s case was also held. A written judgement on the case will be handed down within three months.”

The idea to create the court simulation was inspired by Taiwan’s experience with establishing a shadow court of the Taiwan Constitutional Court, which addressed issues such as same-sex marriage, the death penalty and transitional justice from 2014 to 2016, she said.

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